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Pharmacist Suicide Risk: What We Know and Don’t Know

Pharmacist Suicide Risk: What We Know and Don’t Know

Anecdotally, I hear pharmacists saying, “burnout runs rampant through the pharmacy industry,” just as it does through other healthcare professions. Because pharmacists face issues like unrealistic metric goals from management, odd shifts, increased workload, decreased support staff, unachievable expectations from the public (i.e., never make a mistake), our industry is ripe for mental health trouble.
Coupled with the high-stress environment and the fact that pharmacists often work in isolation, it should come as no surprise that pharmacists are more likely to struggle with mental health issues and burnout, and face a greater suicide risk than many other occupations, as this article aims to prove.

Farmers: Times are tough, but you are not alone!

Farmers: Times are tough, but you are not alone!

Right now, there is a lot of tension and uncertainty in the agricultural community, leading to a sharp rise in farmer suicides. Whether it's low prices, floods, attacks from activist groups, or the inability to plant due to excess rain, every facet of the industry is...

Time to shift farm safety into high gear, Suicide Prevention in Agriculture

Time to shift farm safety into high gear, Suicide Prevention in Agriculture

Now if we could only get the powers that be in Agriculture to step up and get proactive. Suicide Prevention as an Agriculture Health and Safety Issue.

Its bad, and given that farm income is half what it was in 2013, chances are it’s going to get a lot worse.

Someone needs to Start the Conversation on Suicide…that’s my job.

Nurses at Higher Risk for Suicide Than Other People

My dad died at age 40 in 1964. My mom was left a single parent with two kids to raise all by herself. The good new is, she worked at the NC Board of Nursing, a quasi NC State agency that gave State Boards to nurses. Most of her friends were nurses, and they did for us...

Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

“A shift is occurring right now,” says Sandra Kuhn, principal of total health management at Mercer. “The delivery of behavioral health services is complicated and challenged with many issues, such as cost of care, inconsistent quality and standards, access to care, integration with medical and of course stigma.”

Middle Aged Men, Endangered Species; Suicide Prevention

Men tend not to take care of themselves, physically or mentally. They wait to long to have a colonoscopy, they wait too long to have a prostate exam, they wait too long to have a doctor look at the lump in their testicle, they wait to long to tell someone about their chest pain and shortness of breath, and they often don’t tell anyone that they are depressed and having thoughts of suicide.

Pharmacist Suicide Risk: What We Know and Don’t Know

Pharmacist Suicide Risk: What We Know and Don’t Know

Anecdotally, I hear pharmacists saying, “burnout runs rampant through the pharmacy industry,” just as it does through other healthcare professions. Because pharmacists face issues like unrealistic metric goals from management, odd shifts, increased workload, decreased support staff, unachievable expectations from the public (i.e., never make a mistake), our industry is ripe for mental health trouble.
Coupled with the high-stress environment and the fact that pharmacists often work in isolation, it should come as no surprise that pharmacists are more likely to struggle with mental health issues and burnout, and face a greater suicide risk than many other occupations, as this article aims to prove.

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Time to shift farm safety into high gear, Suicide Prevention in Agriculture

Time to shift farm safety into high gear, Suicide Prevention in Agriculture

Now if we could only get the powers that be in Agriculture to step up and get proactive. Suicide Prevention as an Agriculture Health and Safety Issue.

Its bad, and given that farm income is half what it was in 2013, chances are it’s going to get a lot worse.

Someone needs to Start the Conversation on Suicide…that’s my job.

read more
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